June 30, 2022
By Kari Dickinson
Michelle (Chell) Parkins was not too long ago named the inaugural Arnhold Director in Dance Schooling with UW–Madison’s Dance Division, a place she is going to begin on Aug. 1.
This new place was made attainable by a present from dance advocate, educator, and founding father of the Dance Schooling Laboratory Jody Gottfried Arnhold (BA 1965) and her husband John Arnhold. Their help was matched by the Faculty of Schooling’s Impression 2030 initiative.
“Chell brings a wealth of expertise working in dance training in New York, Tennessee, and Texas,” says Andrea Harris, an affiliate professor and chair of the Dance Division. “She will likely be an innovator and fierce advocate for dance in Wisconsin public colleges. We see this as a really transformational rent, for our division, group, and state.”
Parkins at present is a doctoral candidate finishing her time period as web site coordinator for the Dance Schooling Program at Lecturers School, Columbia College. Her analysis focuses on the experiences of Latinx-identifying academics and college students engaged in culturally related and sustaining dance teaching programs. She not too long ago served as a scholar-in-residence and guide to the group engagement director at Ballet Hispánico, the place she assisted within the improvement of the corporate’s group engagement curriculum.
Earlier than her transfer to New York Metropolis, Parkins resided in Tennessee, the place she was a dance and motion guide for the Tennessee Arts Academy, the chief director of the Tennessee Affiliation of Dance, a full time lecturer in dance at Center Tennessee State College, and a nice arts material knowledgeable for the Tennessee Division of Schooling.
As Parkins begins work with the Faculty of Schooling, her priorities will embody being an advocate for dance training statewide and regionally; designing and implementing a dance training curriculum within the Faculty of Schooling; instructing programs, networking, and collaborating with faculty districts; creating partnerships and pathways for future dance academics; and main Ok-12 dance programming regionally and past.
Parkins has bachelor’s levels in dance and appearing from Washington College in St. Louis and an MFA in dance from the College of Texas at Austin. She is predicted to obtain an EdD in dance training from Lecturers School, Columbia College, in December 2022 or Could 2023.
“I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of the celebrated dance college at UW–Madison at a pivotal time in our nation, significantly concerning the drastically evolving wants of our public faculty youth recovering from trauma induced by the pandemic, disembodied studying, and extended isolation,” says Parkins. “I hope to observe within the revolutionary footsteps of Margaret H’Doubler, who returned from her research at Lecturers School, Columbia College, to create the primary college dance main at UW–Madison in 1926, carving a path for dance training in public colleges. My imaginative and prescient entails creating new and constructing on present partnerships between the UW–Madison Dance Division and public colleges, mentoring college college students getting into the sphere of dance training, and advocating for equitable entry to bop training for each baby throughout the state.”